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Nic Ladds 12th Apr 2010 - 11:19

Chelsea to Wander one step closer to the title

Rampant Chelsea can open up a four point lead at the top with just four matches remaining as they welcome Bolton to Stamford Bridge.

This match should just be a formality for Chelsea as they are in such lethal form, home or away.

Bolton will come to the Bridge looking to perform damage limitations as a big defeat could hit morale hard.  As they are only five points above the relegation zone, it is the last thing they need coming in to the home straight.

From being in reported turmoil just a few weeks ago, Chelsea's season has been emphatically turned around; the away win at United the turning point. Now the title is theirs to lose and they have reached the FA Cup final.

Bolton are making hard work of securing their Premier League status, they have lost four of their last five matches, conceding eleven goals in the process. Considering they could be on the wrong end of a thrashing in this match, it could be a nervy end to the season for Bolton fans.

Chelsea (1/8) are unbeaten in their last thirteen matches against Bolton in all competitions. They are very hard to break down at home which has led them to lose just one out their last 27 matches there and winning 23.

Bolton (14/1) haven't scored away from home in six of their last seven matches and although they have picked up 12 of their 32 points away from home, which isn't bad, I don't think they will be adding to it today.

As Chelsea powered their way to the FA Cup final with a win over Villa, their main title rivals Man Utd were held to a goalless draw at Blackburn so the impetus will really be on the home side to get a win - and a big win wouldn't hurt as goal difference is tight at the top.

Chelsea do look a bit weak at the back although they should be able to cope with it, such is their depth in quality. Bosingwa, Carvalho and Ashley Cole are all missing from defence as well as Michael Essien from midfield.

Owen Coyle welcomes back Mark Davis and Ricardo Gardner from injury but they are still missing linchpins Sean Davis and Gavin McCann from midfield.

Coyle has also tried to laugh off Sir Alex's attempts to pile the pressure on Chelsea by labeling this as an "easy game". It must be hard for him though as he knows in the back of his mind, Bolton haven't beaten Chelsea in seven years.

Chelsea will look towards Drogba and Lampard for goals in this match. Drogba has four in his last three against Bolton while Lamps has eight against them - the joint most he has against any team. Drogba is 7/4 first goal and Lampard is 11/4.

Chelsea have scored on average 3.6 goals a game in their last ten home matches which means they could easily cover over three match goals (11/10) on their own.

Chelsea could really smash Bolton here, as the price is so short I would bet on the 11/10 on -2 goals to provide a bit more value.



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